The Kennedy Award of Excellence

The Kennedy Award of Excellence

The Kennedy Award of Excellence is a registered award of excellence for blogs through its writing, presentation and objectives. It fosters human values; promoting intellectual, emotional and moral growth of peers.

Thank you so much to my brother from Jesusluvsall for the nomination! I haven’t done an award in a while (in fact, I tend to avoid them), but I liked the unique features that set the Kennedy Award apart from the others.

With that, make sure to check out his blog by clicking here, he regularly publishes quality, encouraging content, and I highly encourage you to subscribe to his website!

So, without further ado, let’s get into the award!

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The Liebster Award 4.0

Liebster Award

Alright, and we are back with another award- our fourth Liebster award! Thank you so much to Debby from DebbySEO for this nomination. While I usually don’t participate in awards I’ve already received, I seriously liked the way she’s changed it to make it more special, and so here we go.

The rules are simple:

  1. Thank the blogger(s) who nominated you and provide a link to their website.
  2. Use the same Award image as your nominator.
  3. Share 11 facts about yourself & mention 3 blog articles
  4. Answer the 11 questions the blogger(s) asked you
  5. Nominate 11 bloggers and make them happy!
  6. Make up 11 questions to ask your nominees
  7. Notify your 11 nominees

11 facts about me

  1. I have 5 siblings.
  2. My dad is a pastor.
  3. I am extremely addicted to coffee
  4. My favorite book series is Lord of the Rings.
  5. I am extremely bad at math.
  6. I have swam in Loch Ness (Scotland).
  7. My favorite movie, besides Lord of the Rings, is Avengers: Endgame.
  8. My favorite subject is (surprise) writing.
  9. My favorite American food is pizza.
  10. I have 26 cousins
  11. I have been blogging for four years.

Three best articles

  1. What The Holiness of God Taught Us About Speech
  2. Overcoming Differences Within the Church
  3. The Unbelievable Story of My Escape from Uganda

Answers to Debby’s questions

1) What is in your opinion the best SEO software currently on the market? If you haven’t used SEO software, how informed are you about SEO services and software? Likely Moz.com’s features or Ubersuggest. I have used both and they are fantastic for learning about SEO. The best paid software, however, is the “Yoast SEO” plugin.

2) If you could eat as much food as you wanted without ever getting full or fat, which food would you choose? What is your favorite restaurant? American food, because there’s a lot of variety. My favorite American restaurant is Wendy’s or Cracker Barrel.

3) If your pet could talk, what would it say to you? She’d probably say, “why did you never want to be my friend?” I dislike guinea pigs, so I don’t usually pet them.

4) What is the weirdest thing you have ever seen someone do? I once saw a random girl dancing….innapropriately in front of a crowd of five-year-old children for a fundraiser in Uganda.

5) If you had enough money that you never needed to work again, what would you do with your time? Probably spend most of it playing basketball, although reading is also tempting.

6) Name three of your favorite songs. “Armies” by KB, “Paid My Dues” by NF, and “Set Me Free” by Lecrae.

7) Name three of your favorite books. “Lord of the Rings”, “Ender’s Game”, and “Sherlock Holmes”.

8) Would you lie to your friend or spouse for a large sum of money? How much? Absolutely not. As a Christian, I am called to be honest at all times.

9) If you had $10,000 to spend on whatever you like, what would you do with the money? I’d donate $2,000 to my ministry, New Hope Uganda, and invest the rest to use when I go to college next year.

10) If you would be granted one wish of any kind, what would you wish for? Assuming I couldn’t wish for unlimited wishes, I’d ask for the greatest, most complete guide to women’s minds. With that, I’d teach men and would eventually rule the world.

11) Who has been the biggest example in your life? Why? My dad, without a doubt. He has a massive impact on my life, from the way he has taught me to the example he sets.

My 11 questions for my nominees:

1: Who’s your favorite actor/actress?

2: Do you work out? If so, describe what you do.

3: What’s your favorite dessert?

4: If you geeked out about something, what would it be?

5: What are your thoughts on the COVID-19 breakout?

6: Is social media beneficial or harmful to a teenager?

7: What is the most views you’ve had in a day (on your blog)?

8: Do you have a hobby?

9: Recall a childhood memory.

10: What high-school subject would you gladly re-take if given the chance (anad time)?

11: Favorite animal?

Sadly, since I have very little time, I can’t nominate specific people. If you would, however, like to do this EPIC award, I nominate you! You, my reader, are nominated (I know, it’s a lazy thing to do, but I don’t have the time to hunt down 11 people). Go forth and complete the award!

Alright, that’s all for today. Thanks so much for reading, and thanks to Debby for the nomination! Guys, if you enjoyed this post, make sure to click that Follow button below (or to the side). Then, when I release new posts like this on, you’ll get notified. Thanks again, and I hope you have a great day!

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Mystery Blogger Award 3.0

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And we are back with yet another nomination, my third in this category! My thanks to Keziah for nominating me for the Mystery Blogger Award. Guys, Keziah is a fantastic blogger, and her posts are extremely encouraging to Christian teenagers like me. Make sure to check out her blog (and give her a follow) by clicking here.

Here are the rules:

  • Put the award logo/ image on your blog.
  • List the rules.
  • Thank whoever nominated you, and put a link to their blog.
  • Mention the creator of the award and provide a link as well.
  • Tell your readers 3 things about yourself.
  • Answer the questions provided by whoever nominated you.
  • Nominate 10-20 bloggers.
  • Notify your nominees by commenting on their blog.
  • Ask your nominees any 5 questions of your choice: with one weird or funny question.
  • Share a link to your best post.

This award was created by Okoto Enigma.

Three things about myself:

1: I am an extreme extrovert, I like nothing better then talking with people.

2: I am lactose intolerant, so no ice cream.

3: My birthday is May 27th.

Now, we turn to the questions. My answers are in italics.

  1. What is the craziest thing you have ever done (or one of them)? Probably jumping three stories off a diving board, turning 360 degrees in the air, and landing with just enough time to tuck my toes.
  2. Are you reading any book right now and if so, what book? Yes, I’m reading “The Pursuit of God” by A.W Tozer.
  3. What is your favorite thing to write about? I enjoy writing in general, but I particularly like writing about subjects such as dating, Christianity, and SEO.
  4. What is your opinion on this whole coronavirus thing? Opinion? Not much of an opinion needed, everybody can see it’s rather serious. In fact, I’ve already written about it in this post.
  5. Would you rather explore the bottom of the sea, or the vast amount of celestial space? Probably celestial space, since there’s a LOT more to explore then on the bottom of the sea.

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Finally, here are my questions.

  1. Coffee, tea, or neither?
  2. Do you follow or play any sports?
  3. How would you describe your personality?
  4. If you could eat any food right now, what would it be?
  5. Describe your best friend or role model.

Alright, that’s all for today. Since I am unable to nominate specific people (my internet is being funky), I nominate you, my reader! With this, you get free content! You’re welcome.

Anyway, thanks again to Keziah for the nomination. Keziah, you’re awesome. And you, my readers, are awesome too. If you aren’t a regular reader or you’re new to this website, feel free to click that Follow button below (or to the side). That way, you won’t miss out on any new posts. Thanks again, and I hope you have a fantastic day!

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Two Awards- Sunshine Blogger 3.0 and Mystery Blogger 2.0

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Let’s take a break from throwbacks. Today’s the last day of February, so let’s have a bit of fun. I have recently received two award nominations, the Sunshine Blogger Award (my third) and the Mystery Blogger award. Now, usually, I don’t often participate in these awards, given that my posting schedule is fairly filled, but I decided that today was an exception. And so, without further ado, let’s jump right into our awards for the day and the questions they post.

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October “What Kind of Pumpkin Are You” Tag

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Thanks so much to Jesusluvsall for this nomination. He currently holds the record for giving me the newest nominations (come on, y’all. You need to give me some new ones), and so I got really excited when I saw this one. After all, Halloween is in the air and writing about pumpkins is tons of fun! So, without any further ado, let’s get started!

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The Versatile Blogger Award

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Hey everybody! We’re back again with our (apparently) weekly award: the Versatile Blogger Award. Thank you so much, Newblogger20, for the nomination! Her blog is one of my favorites! Make sure to check it out here.

The Rules:

  • Thank the person who nominated you
  • Link to the blog of the person who nominated you
  • Share 7 facts about yourself
  • Nominate 15 more bloggers for the Versatile Blogger Award

The first and second are already done, so now the third is up. However, it’s going to be a challenge to write seven facts I haven’t already written.

  1. I use very colorful substitutes for swear words (Oh frappuccino!).
  2. I have bad hand-writing.
  3. I enjoy reading Calving and Hobbes (an inspiration to us all).
  4. I love shwarma (thank you, Iron Man).
  5. My favorite type of a country’s food (like Mexican, Chinese) is Indian.
  6. I have bad back problems.
  7. I have a unique sense of humor.

Alright, that’s all. Now, my victi- nominees, I mean.

Kenechi Duatron

Sincerely Hero

Global Glitters

Joshua Swanson

Living For Jesus

Sparks of Ara

Alright, that’s all for today! Thanks for reading, and I hope you have a great day!

 

 

Random Acts of Kindness Award 2.0

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Hey! We’re back with our weekly award- my second Random Acts of Kindness Award! Thank you so much, Jesusluvsall for the award! Guys, his blog is so encouraging, you have to check it out here.

Here are the rules.

  1. Tell who nominated and why
  2. Copy and share the picture that shows the award, posted above
  3. Share a paragraph of something that impacted your own life in the way of receiving kindness or how you extended kindness to someone else
  4. Nominate anyone or share to your own page. If you choose to participate, Tag or pingback to the original person who nominated you.

I’ve already done the first and second, so now onto the third and fourth.

Hmm, a random act of kindness. Let me think… Alright, I’ve got it.

Nine months ago, my family and I went back to the USA for a brief Christmas visit. While in the USA, we split our time between Saint Albans, West Virginia and Chicago, Illinois. My mom came from Chicago, so we spent time with her parents (my grandparents), then went down to West Virginia, where my dad’s parents live. Now, even though it was close to Christmas, I still had classes at the online school, Veritas Scholars Academy. I decided to do them at a nearby coffee shop, Coal River Coffee. So, early Tuesday morning, I found myself doing the class in a coffee shop. Halfway through the class, I was startled by a tap on my shoulder. Looking up, I saw a smiling waitress holding a steaming cup of coffee. Having been at the coffee shop many times, they knew that I love black coffee, and they had decided to give me a free cup, knowing that I didn’t have any money (it’s funny but true). Thus, I was able to do class while drinking a free cup of quality coffee.

Ok, let me clarify something. I don’t just tell stories about people giving me free drinks (see my Random Acts of Kindness post, found here). I promise I have more stories than that. However, these simple acts of giving me free drinks have stuck with me, and I will never forget that simple act of love.

Alright, now to tag someone. I nominate pkadams, found here. Have fun!

As always, guys, thanks for reading! I truly appreciate your support and hope you have a wonderful day.

Behind the Blogger Award 2.0

Hey guys! Today, we have another award- my second Behind the Blogger award! Thank you so much, Kenechi Duatron, for the nomination! Guys, make sure to check out her awesome blog here. Here are the rules:

  • Thank the person who nominated you
  • Answer all the questions down below
  • Pingback to the creator: Ellyn @ Allonsythornraxx
  • Nominate 5+ bloggers you’d like to know more about, to do this tag

 

Alright, now to answer the questions.

  1. Why did you start blogging and why have you kept blogging? I started blogging for a couple of reasons. I loved writing, and I wanted to share some of my experiences with the world. I also have a lot of family members, and I wanted to find a way to communicate with them. I’ve kept blogging because I’ve thoroughly enjoyed it!
  2. What is your favorite type of blog post to write? Definitely my stories. Those are so much fun to share, and I get really excited as I write about past experiences.
  3. What are your Top Three favorite blog posts? In order from third to first: The Top 10 Songs Tag, Loving LGBTQ, and Christian Dating in a Secular World.
  4. What are some of your favorite things to do to relax? Drinking coffee, reading, swimming, and basketball.
  5. What are three of your favorite things? Playing basketball (predictable answer, I know), reading, and blogging!
  6. What are your proudest blogging moments? When my blog reached 100 followers, and when I received my first award!
  7. What are your hobbies outside of blogging? Basketball (once again), writing, baking, and reading!
  8. Describe your personality in three words. Extroverted, jokester, energetic.
  9. What are your top three pet peeves? People that cut in line, siblings being loud, and bad fouls in basketball.
  10. What’s something your followers don’t know about you? I enjoy watching the Pokémon cartoons!

Here are my nominees!

Jesusluvsall

Angela G

Newblogger20

Three’s a good number for me. Thanks for the award, Kenechi! As always, guys, thank you so much for reading, and I hope you have a wonderful day!

 

 

 

 

Barnabas Award

Hello again! Today, we have another award, and it’s another new one! This time, it’s the Barnabas Award! Thank you so much to Jesusluvsall, who’s blog can be found here. The rules are as follows.

  • Thank the person that nominated you and give the link to their blog.
  • List 5 things about yourself.
  • Answer the questions your nominator gave you.
  • Give 5 new questions for your nominee.
  • Nominate 5 people.

The first one is already done, so now on to the second.

  1. I have bad back problems.
  2. I follow the NFL and NBA (Bears and Bulls, respectively)
  3. I love reading
  4. I love basketball
  5. Cheese-free pizza is amazing

Alrighty, that’s done. Now to answer the questions. My answers are in bold. 

  1. Why is the sky blue? I don’t have enough brainpower to answer that. 🙂
  2. Do you like to iron clothes? Nope!
  3. What makes a duck quack? A need to express itself.
  4. What makes you happy? A clear sky.
  5. What legacy do you want to leave behind? One that showes God’s glory.
  6. What is your favorite artistic form of expression? Writing! 

Now, here are my questions.

  1. How tall are you?
  2. What’s your favorite book?
  3. How do you find release?
  4. What’s your favorite movie?
  5. What person in your life has influenced you the most?

Now, since I’ve nominated a lot of people recently (and I’m going to nominate a bunch tomorrow since I have another nomination to do), I’m just going to do one.

I nominate Newblogger 20 at https://newblogger20.wordpress.com/

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Alright, thanks for reading, and I wish you a wonderful day!

The Food Award!

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I’ve decided to create an award! I Googled it, and I don’t think it exists, but if you have been nominated for something similar, please tell me!

Anyway, the rules are fairly simple.

  • Thank the person that nominated you
  • Pingback to the creator, myself at https://africaboy.home.blog/
  • Use the same featured image as your nominator.
  • Answer the five questions
  • Create five questions about food
  • Nominate five people

So, I’m going to create the five questions, then answer them myself to cover numbers 3 and 4. My answers will be in bold.

  1. What’s your favorite fruit? Jackfruit! It’s a large fruit that grows on tall trees. I have eaten over a pound of it in one sitting!
  2. Do you like dessert before or after the meal? After. That way, the sweet taste can stay in my mouth after the meal. 
  3. What’s your favorite thing to order at a fast-food restaurant? Hamburgers all the way.
  4. What’s your favorite dinner? Fried chicken and mashed potatoes.
  5. How do you eat your pizza? Cheese-free, with lots of pepperonis, sausage, and bacon.

Now, my nominees. Let’s learn about your favorite food types!

Random Girl’s Ramblings

Joshua Swanson

Angela G.

Raegan

Lydia

Alrighty, that’s it. It’s pretty easy. Thanks for reading, and I wish you a wonderful day!

 

The Blogger Recognition Award

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Hey! We’re back with another award, and this time, it’s a new one- the Blogger Recognition Award. Thank you so much, Ariana (my blogging best friend), for nominating me. Guys, if you haven’t already, make sure to check out her blog here, with the original nomination here.

Alrighty, that’s done. Now, here are the rules, per usual.

  • Thank the nominator, and publish a post on your blog about receiving the Blogger Recognition Award. Make sure to provide a link to the nominator’s blog in your post.
  • Give a brief story of how your blog started.
  • Give two pieces of advice to new bloggers.
  • Nominate 5-15 other bloggers for this award, and inform them of their nomination.

The Creation of Africa Boy

I first started blogging on my dad’s old blog. He had this section on it called the McFarland Kids Creative Place, and on that, I could blog. My first ever post (published November 4th, 2015. You can find it here), was a poem I had written about snow. Eventually, I grew to dislike blogging on a website that was not my own, so I used my email and created my own blog, found here. The Elisha McFarland blog still exists, and I update it regularly. After a year of blogging on that website, I was told by a friend that the Blogspot websites aren’t nearly as cool (or accessible) as the WordPress website. Thus was born Africa Boy.

Advice

Now, here are my two pieces of advice. 1: Blog consistently (sorry, Ariana, but I copied you). 2: Don’t be afraid to market; in other words, don’t be scared of telling people about your blog.

Nominations

Alright, let’s do this. I nominate…

SincerelyHero

Jyoti

Raegan

Hannah

Arabella

Keziah

All right, that’s done. Thank you, everybody, for reading, and thank’s again to Ariana for the nomination. Peace out!

 

 

 

 

 

“Behind the Blogger” Nomination

As the title says, I have been nominated for the “Behind the Blogger Book Tag.” Thanks to the nominee, the author of Faith on the Farm. I truly appreciate it! Pingback to the creator, Ellyn @ Allonsythornraxx

As the title says, I have been nominated for the “Behind the Blogger Book Tag.” Thanks to the nominee, the author of Faith on the Farm. I truly appreciate it! Pingback to the creator, Ellyn @ Allonsythornraxx

Rules:

1: Nominate 5 bloggers you would like to know more about, and use this tag.

2: Pingback to the creator (already done).

3: Thank the person who nominated you (already done).

4: Answer the 10 questions below.

The questions will be in bold and my answers will be in underline.

1: Why did you start blogging & why have you kept blogging?

I started blogging to share my experiences and thoughts with the rest of the world. I love writing stories or sharing thoughts, and blogging was the only way to combine both of them.

2: What is your favorite type of blog post to write?

My favorite type of blog post to write is a story. Stories of crazy things in Africa are usually hilarious, and I know a lot of people enjoy them.

3: What are your top 3 favorite blog posts?

Ooh, that’s a tough one. I think they are Who am I? What Am I Here For? and Dating In America and Predestination: The Love, Goodness, and Power of God.

4: What are some of your favorite things to do to relax?

Usually, when I want to relax, I will read a book or take a walk. When I read, my heart rate slows, and I find the world slowing down around me. When I take a walk, I get some time to talk to my Dad, God. That alone is the most relaxing thing anybody can experience.

5: What are three of your favorite things?

Wow, that is a hard one. I would have to say:

A: Reading the Bible.

B: Playing basketball

C: Listening to music while baking.

6: What are your proudest blogging moments?

My proudest blogging moments are usually when I either write something so good I need to share it with someone, or when somebody writes me something very encouraging on my blog. That alone makes my day 🙂 .

7: What are your hobbies outside of blogging?

I play basketball, bake, sing, talk to God, collect Pokemon cards, climb trees, eat, hang out with friends, and talk with friends on the internet.

8: Describe your personality in three words.

Loyal, loving, dorky.

9: What are your top three pet peeves?

A: Bad music played during worship in Church.

B: People making terrible fouls in basketball and not caring.

C: My little siblings eating my candy.

10: What’s something your followers don’t know about you?

Well, there are a few things that come to mind. First, that I love coffee. I can drink coffee morning, noon, and night. Second, that I have a gorgeous Rhodesian Ridgeback dog named Mounty. Third, I have an uncle who is a professional hunter, and works for Cabela’s.

Well, that was fun! Thanks to the blogger that nominated me!

Tag, you’re it!

I only know a few bloggers, but I would like to nominate Ariana Evans, Imogen Lily, and Grace.

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